Microsoft: Boiling Frogs Since 1975
Posted Apr 16, 2012 22:00 UTC (Mon) by anselm
In reply to: Microsoft: Boiling Frogs Since 1975
Parent article: Paoli: Microsoft will engage with the open source and standards communities
And engineers absolutely can document them, but why should they if ISO is already satisfied?
The point here is that ISO wasn't actually satisfied (in a meaningful way). People identified all sorts of technical problems with the proposed OOXML standard but Microsoft had carefully arranged to (a) allow as little discussion of the technical issues as possible and (b) have various ISO countries which up to that point had not shown any interest whatsoever in the standardisation of office document formats send voting representatives who just incidentally happened to be employed by Microsoft partner companies. This is what allowed the standard to pass, not its technical excellence (which wasn't anything to write home about in the first place).
the fact that managers were able to get ISO approval means that they have done admirable job obtaining this elusive seal of approval.
There are various adjectives in the English language that one might use to describe this sort of behaviour, but at least as far as I'm concerned »admirable« is not among them. »Reprehensible« or »sleazy« would be more to the point.
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